I started my pottery career at Loughborough College of Art, followed by a year in London, at Goldsmiths on their Postgraduate course. My career has taken me to many places after my studies including working in Nigeria as a VSO potter and some years later I also spent time out in South India as lead potter for a charitable trust establishing a small scale production pottery in Tamil Nadu. Inspiration for some of my work comes from the visual journals I kept at those times with studies of nature and pots.
I was apprentice Potter at Muchelney Pottery with John Leach, Nick Rees and Lizzie Leach where I spent 3 years contributing to the production range of wood-fired pottery. It was through making repeat wares during the day and my own work in the evening that I developed my skills.
Only by immersing myself in the techniques and style of British studio pottery’s founding father Bernard Leach, was I able to find my true voice as a potter
My pottery studio is a workshop in Colyton, Devon . I work in stoneware clay from Cornwall and France and some porcelain blends , I enjoy clay that hasn’t been over processed that feels like a traditional body . I fire in a gas kiln in a reduction atmosphere, literally the pots are transformed by fire .
What interests me is the use of real pots in our lives that create calmness and finds ‘still centres’ in our day to day world.
I enjoy the production of tableware, as these accessible forms can also stretch the potential of domestic ware and can play their part in a still life that makes for a quiet collection of empty vessels, calm silhouettes of shape and surface grouped together.
I like to sense the peacefulness in a group of empty bowls after the enjoyment of a meal. I think this is my perfect kind of quiet moment.
I like the exactness of making in repetition and the satisfaction of a thoughtfully produced board of forms – all with a shared memory of each other.
I delight in the spots of iron that appear during firing and freckle bowls like birds eggs.
I enjoy the clay process that concentrates my awareness at every stage and the small details of each and every pot that contain slight nuances in character every time.